Congressman Ben Quayle issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed the House today. The final legislation included an amendment from Rep. Quayle which strengthens privacy provisions in the bill. The bill provides for voluntary cooperation between private entities and federal agencies in detecting and combating cyber attacks from nations like Iran, China and Russia.
"I was proud to vote for the Cyber Intelligence Security and Protection Act, especially following the addition of my amendment, which further strengthened privacy protections. It's about time that our nation stopped burying its head in the sand regarding the increasing threat of cyber attacks from foreign countries. Nations like Iran, China and Russia routinely launch cyber attacks on our nation's critical cyber infrastructure and steal American intellectual property. This destroys jobs, and puts the privacy and security of American citizens at risk.
"CISPA provides vital privacy protections while giving companies the ability to voluntarily share information regarding cyber attacks. Contrary to claims that this legislation puts the privacy of Americans at risk, it strengthens privacy protections by fortifying our defenses against foreign hackers who seek to exploit our security vulnerabilities and steal data and secrets. That is especially the case since my efforts to strengthen privacy provisions succeeded. I'm glad to see this bill passed."